Montana receives more than $35 million in PILT payments
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: July 1, 2020

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2020.

“This year’s distribution of $514.7 million to more than 1,900 counties will help small towns pay for critical needs like emergency response, public safety, public schools, housing, social services, and infrastructure,” said Secretary Bernhardt.

PILT payments are made annually for tax-exempt Federal lands administered by U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) agencies including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), for lands administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service (USFS); and for Federal water projects and some military installations.

DOI collects more than $13.2 billion in revenue annually from commercial activities on public lands, such as oil and gas leasing, livestock grazing, and timber harvesting. A portion of these revenues are shared with States and counties. The balance is deposited in the U.S. Treasury, which in turn pays for a broad array of Federal activities, including PILT funding.

A full list of funding by State and county is available at www.doi.gov/pilt.

Find the full release here.

Montana received more than $35 million. The breakdown is:

ANACONDA DEER LODGE COUNTY $501,913 215,825
BEAVERHEAD COUNTY $820,659 2,053,213
BIG HORN COUNTY $16,560 41,433
BLAINE COUNTY $1,089,561 451,750
BROADWATER COUNTY $716,973 289,716
CARBON COUNTY $1,231,288 575,056
CARTER COUNTY $235,560 593,732
CASCADE COUNTY $527,130 215,692
CHOUTEAU COUNTY $401,788 154,428
CUSTER COUNTY $932,756 333,580
DANIELS COUNTY $0 200
DAWSON COUNTY $25,564 63,960
FALLON COUNTY $46,327 115,901
FERGUS COUNTY $1,308,549 484,334
FLATHEAD COUNTY $3,027,495 2,442,367
GALLATIN COUNTY $1,888,295 732,738
GARFIELD COUNTY $241,268 814,900
GLACIER COUNTY $1,104,248 401,839
GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTY $81,940 31,715
GRANITE COUNTY $283,070 708,218
HILL COUNTY $131,008 47,558
JEFFERSON COUNTY $1,296,307 552,627
JUDITH BASIN COUNTY $268,795 309,919
LAKE COUNTY $474,568 175,006
LEWIS & CLARK COUNTY $2,704,062 1,083,912
LIBERTY COUNTY $29,120 33,708
LINCOLN COUNTY $698,006 1,746,346
MADISON COUNTY $1,039,776 1,056,131
MCCONE COUNTY $313,662 274,070
MEAGHER COUNTY $194,933 487,706
MINERAL COUNTY $338,149 642,118
MISSOULA COUNTY $2,078,775 876,287
MUSSELSHELL COUNTY $34,980 87,517
PARK COUNTY $1,596,489 956,226
PETROLEUM COUNTY $97,612 335,039
PHILLIPS COUNTY $550,530 1,377,372
PONDERA COUNTY $247,335 108,698
POWDER RIVER COUNTY $237,340 593,800
POWELL COUNTY $831,630 743,337
PRAIRIE COUNTY $171,663 429,486
RAVALLI COUNTY $2,671,717 1,120,319
RICHLAND COUNTY $21,665 54,206
ROOSEVELT COUNTY $1,713 4,284
ROSEBUD COUNTY $130,217 325,793
SANDERS COUNTY $563,625 917,326
SHERIDAN COUNTY $711 1,781
SILVER BOW CENSUS CITY $596,377 234,062
STILLWATER COUNTY $496,421 198,948
SWEET GRASS COUNTY $587,249 294,237
TETON COUNTY $710,558 284,426
TOOLE COUNTY $84,937 45,779
TREASURE COUNTY $1,664 748
VALLEY COUNTY $1,116,033 1,122,357
WHEATLAND COUNTY $139,314 66,058
WIBAUX COUNTY $10,790 26,995
YELLOWSTONE COUNTY $217,546 78,193
TOTAL $35,166,221 27,412,972

 

“PILT payments provide critical support to Montana’s rural counties,” said U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT). “I’ve worked hard to support the PILT program which provides critical resources for essential services like emergency response efforts and transportation in Montana’s rural counties. Given the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding is more important than ever.”

“Hardworking Montanans pay taxes to fund roads, schools, and public safety. As Montana’s largest landowner, the federal government must keep its commitment to our communities that rely on Payments In Lieu of Taxes. Today’s announcement promises the federal government will honor its obligation and give our communities the certainty they need to plan and make needed investments,” said U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte (MT-At-large).